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You may think that planning a destination wedding will require hours and hours of research, but getting to know the area is the best way to ensure all of your decision making is easy and seamless. Here is a list of a few of our favorite beach locations to get married on Maui.
Makena Cove, also known as the Secret Beach or Secret Cove, is a small stretch of beach that is a real hidden gem. Cut off from the buzzing outside world by residential homes and a rocky veil, this is a perfect spot for intimate and small wedding ceremonies and elopements. Beautiful views of sunsets and Molokini & Kahoolawe on the horizon will create an unforgettable ambiance and will also be perfect for wedding photos.
South Maluaka Beach
South Maluaka Beach in Makena, south of Wailea, is a long stretch of beach that is perfect both for a small wedding ceremony or elopement as well as larger ceremonies. Incredible outer-island views, a delicately laced edge of green foliage and the odd few rocks on the beach add a lovely texture to the beach, which would look perfect in wedding photos. The beach has good parking and adequate facilities, which is convenient for larger weddings.
In front of the Andaz Wailea Hotel lies the Mokapu Beach. This quarter mile long stretch of beach features lava rocks and beautifully swaying palm trees which combined with a striking sunset will look great both in person and wedding photos. The beach can get crowded during the daytime, so later hours are best.
Sitting in front of the Fairmont Kea Lani Hotel, Polo Beach offers a long and wide stretch of gorgeous white-sand beach with natural lava formations, palm trees, sand dunes inland and sunsets that are out of this world. Perfect both for intimate and larger ceremonies Polo Beach has easy access and good facilities.
White Rock Beach
White Rock Beach, also knows as Paulauea Beach, is one of the most beautiful beaches Souh Maui has to offer. It is a nice, wide and uncrowded location, which some consider a hidden gem. The beach is lined with a kiawe forest with a few public access trails strategically located, making parking along the under developed portions of Makena Road easier than most. All in all, this is a gorgeous beach location and offers quite a few unique photo opportunities so you truly cannot go wrong!
This hidden gem beach is located in the northern portion of West Maui in Kapalua, and due to its position, you won’t find huge crowds of people here. Perfect for the special day! 20-foot lava cliffs border the beach in certain parts, and there is also a beautiful “boardwalk” that connects the beach to the many private residences and condos. What you will also find is a great view of Molokai.
This West Maui Beach is perfect for smaller and more intimate weddings. The crescent-shaped beach with beautiful white sands and calm blue waters is not only a favorite beach altogether, but it has also been favored by couples who want a stunning sunset backdrop in their wedding photos. Should you wish to have a celebration dinner afterward, Merriman’s Kapalua has stairs leading from the beach steps to the restaurant.
When it comes to crafting the perfect wedding day, every detail matters. Finding a wedding dress of your dreams, picking the most beautiful location, flowers – you get the idea. If yours is going to be a destination wedding, it’s worth considering certain aspects that might be location-specific. Especially for a beach wedding. Wearing heels in the sand might not be the best idea (flats, wedges or a shoe with a thicker heel work better), and a shorter veil would be better than getting tangled in a church-length veil. Let’s not forget about hair and makeup. While it is every bride’s personal preference and style, here are our top tips for hair and makeup island style for your intimate Maui beach wedding.
Best Hairstyles for a Beach Wedding
If a wedding is not the perfect occasion for playing with gorgeous hairstyles and, quite literally, wearing flowers in your hair, we don’t know what is. Every bride has her style and preferences. Whether rocking a short bob or long wavy locks, blond or a brunette, thick hair or fine, we all want that unforgettable ‘do that enhances our natural charm.
When getting married on a beach, there are a few factors you need to consider – wind and humidity above all. What we most love about beach weddings is the ease and being in touch with your surroundings, and that’s what we’ve tried to incorporate in our favorite hairstyle picks for an island wedding.
Curls & Waves
Beach waves in your hair aren’t just for everyday wear. If there is one place to fully embrace them, it’s on an island wedding, for sure. Waves or curls look stunning on almost anyone, and they work not only in long hair but even in a longer bob. They will naturally look good in a light breeze, and you won’t have to worry about a misplaced hair – it’s part of the look. Refined curls and waves also look beautiful with a haku lei, if you’re going for the ultimate Maui wedding look. For brides with longer hair, a side twist will not only look great but will also serve a purpose by keeping hair from your face on a particularly windy day.
Let’s be honest, ladies. Most of us don’t wear braids every day. Unless you’re a pro, a gorgeous braid does take a bit of time, and there are only so many hours in a day. However, a braid is one of our top choices for an island wedding hairstyle for sure. It looks elegant, perfect for an occasion, and there are so many different ways it can be done. A braided updo will beautifully enhance your face and contours, as well as the neckline which would look stunning with a strapless dress. A dutch halo braid is ideal if your long hair struggles with humidity. If you like braids but want something seemingly effortless and boho-chic, opt for a fishtail braid. Any braided hairstyle will help with managing locks in the wind and will look lovely with a flower accent or a hair accessory.
If you prefer a more sleek hairstyle but don’t want to look out of place on the beach, a low bun is your go-to pick. Classy and tamed on the top, with a traditional, twisted, or even braided bun on the back and loose curls framing your face. This hairstyle is great if you want to wear a veil.
Wedding Makeup Island Style
We’ve covered hair, so what about makeup? Again, every bride has her style. Feeling comfortable is the most important thing on the most beautiful day in your life. It’s essential that you communicate any ideas and preferences to your makeup artist. Intimate beach weddings are our specialty, and we have a couple of recommendations for the perfect beach wedding makeup look.
Firstly, you should consider the weather. Wind and humidity can play a part, and on top of that, shedding a tear of happiness is not impossible, which is why we always suggest waterproof mascara. It is long-wearing and will protect your overall makeup look from watery eyes due to possible wind or crying.
Secondly, romantic and subtle makeup will always look better on a beach wedding than a heavy and dark smokey eye fit for an evening event indoors. You can still recreate your favorite smokey eye look with lighter eyeshadow shades – that will enhance the shape of your eye without being overwhelming. And thin layers are what you want. A long-wearing and high-coverage foundation will ensure your makeup lasts, and applying it in a thin layer will allow you to look natural. You are outdoors, after all, so embrace the dewy look – it’s all about soft tones and textures, and radiant skin.
Above all, nothing makes you look better than happiness and being in love. Embrace it, and anything else will just be the icing on the cake.
Reasons to Elope in Maui
If you have always dreamed of a destination wedding but have a reason or two that have kept this dream from becoming a reality, elopement might be the way to go. Running off to an exotic destination with your other half to secretly wed without the fuss of a big wedding might not be the obvious first choice for most couples, but there are so many reasons why more and more couples are not only considering elopement but are choosing that rather than a traditional wedding. Let’s take a look at why you should consider eloping in Maui!
Eloping Is All About You and Your Partner
When putting together a big wedding, it can quickly become overwhelming and stressful. When you are trying to figure out options that suit everyone, it can take away from your original idea of the wedding you have imagined. Especially when considering a destination wedding, you can easily get lost in long guest lists, family drama, finances, and thinking about logistics rather than saying your “I do’s”.
When you opt for elopement, it is literally about you and your partner. Maui is within such easy reach from the mainland US that it’s much easier to have your wedding without long and complex planning months and months ahead of time. You don’t have to think whether your dream location will be fit for a large group of guests, and you can easily pick any location you and your partner have envisioned.
Maui’s paradise-like surroundings are made for weddings, and it’s easy to see why so many couples have chosen to elope in one of the world’s most beautiful places.
Eloping in Maui is Easy
If you haven’t considered elopement before, you might think that planning an elopement is complex and more challenging than preparing for a traditional wedding, but it’s not the case. Maui has been a favored wedding destination for decades, and everything you might need for a wedding or an elopement is within easy reach. The infrastructure is there. While eloping doesn’t mean getting rid of any planning altogether, it makes it easier. Over the years we have helped many couples elope, and we know what matters. If you prefer less or no hassle, choosing an elopement package for your intimate beach wedding is the way to go. It covers everything from licensing, picking a location, and an on-site wedding planner to keepsake wedding certificate and a minister to perform the ceremony.
On top of that, getting to Maui couldn’t be easier. Whether you fly directly to Maui or travel from Oahu, getting to Maui is quite easy. Not only do you get to marry in one of the world’s most beautiful places, but you’re already somewhere, where you can also have your honeymoon or travel to a nearby island like Lanai, for example.
Elopement is Cheaper Than a Traditional Wedding
Destination weddings are expensive. That’s a fact. While there are ways to make them more budget-friendly, especially with the help of an experienced wedding planner, they can still add up, and it can quickly damage the dream of your perfect wedding day. Elopement, on the other hand, is much more affordable without sacrificing the luxury and stunning location. Elopement packages have been created to suit various needs, and you can pick one that fits your vision and budget.
You Can Add Traditional Hawaiian Elements to Your Wedding
There are many ways how you can customize your intimate wedding day and adding a traditional Hawaiian element is one of them. Whether it is a simple as wearing flower leis or having a ukulele player or having the ceremony initiated by the blowing of the conch shell, it can be the perfect addition to make your elopement unforgettable and extra special.
At the end of the day, any wedding, big or small, is deeply personal and should be one of the happiest days of your life. So whether you and your partner choose to elope or have a traditional wedding, this choice should be entirely yours and fit your wishes and needs. After all, when you say “I do”, nothing else matters.
From atop the upper lawn at the Maui Dragon Fruit Farm, stands a bride and groom, radiant in the Hawaiian sunset! The main attraction – that beautiful west Maui ocean view, looking out at the island of Lanai – truly a dream for any destination wedding! This twenty-acre organic dragon fruit farm is a gorgeous intimate wedding venue, lush with passion fruit, bananas, papayas, sugar cane and of course pineapples too!
Hannah and Craig’s intimate Maui elopement, was officiated by Rev. Valentine Rosete Jr. and the bride and groom’s parents joined them, to happily witness this romantic exchange of I do’s.
The bride held an elegant collection of roses in her bouquet. Soft pinks, and blush roses, hand tied with light pink ribbon, paired perfectly with the pink roses the bride wore in her hair.
This intimate wedding was capped off with a romantic sunset stroll at Launiupoko Beach Park, where Maui elopement photographer, Caitlyn Cathey, captured this sweet couples adoring expressions and true wedding bliss in Maui paradise!
Location Maui Dragon Fruit Farm | Beach Launipoko Beach Park, Olowalu, HI| Maui Elopement Photographer Caitlin Cathey Photography| Floral Designer Maui’s Angels Weddings | Officiant Rev. Valentine Rosete Jr Music Marvin Tevaga Music | Hair & Makeup Maui Makeup Artistry
With every moment captured by Maui Wedding Photographer, Caitlin Cathey, we have no doubt this California couple’s love will leave you breathless! Lauren and Brad’s intimate Maui wedding ceremony was held at the always beautiful Mokapu Beach, in Wailea on Maui’s south shore.
The bride’s bouquet included one of Hawaii’s most exotic flowers, the stunning proteas, and her floral haku adorning her head captured her radiant love-filled spirit!
Lauren’s bridesmaids looked gorgeous in a mix of soft grey dresses and Brad and his groomsmen matched with grey suits and brown shoes.
Standing within a specialty floral circle on a beach in Hawaii, this intimate gathering of two hearts, their families, and closest companions, made for a very romantic Maui wedding!
After enjoying a gorgeous sunset, the wedding party continued to Nick’s Fish Market at the Fairmont Kea Lani, where guests celebrated in paradise! Congratulations Lauren & Brad!
Getting Ready & First Look: The Palms of Wailea| Ceremony Location: Mokapu Beach, Wailea |Maui Wedding Photography Caitlin Cathey Photography| Floral Designer Bella Bloom Maui | Officiant Peter Dagupion| Music Marvin Tevaga Music | Hair & Makeup Jessica Waite Makeup Artistry | Floral Circle Andrea Padilla
A dream is a wish that your heart makes. Simply, a dream can drive you forward, motivate you, and keep you focused. A dream was what Jill and Richard Hill were hoping for, and it came true for them in Maui.
Meeting years ago, it was clear to see that marriage was in the stars for Jill and Richard. Soon after they began dating though, Jill was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Faced with this hardship, Jill persevered and remained strong in her fight. There, unwavering and always by her side, was Richard. His love and support and Jill’s resiliency in the face of her illness served to strengthen their bond. Faced with what doctors explained was the end of her fight, Jill rallied, with her final dream being to marry her beloved Richard.
Engaged on January 1, Jill applied to Dreams for Veterans, a foundation responsible for providing dreams to those who have served. They were honored to assist Jill and Richard, and contacted Lorrie Betsill Nielson of Maui’s Angels. Happy to help, wedding plans began, and soon the excited couple were being whisked away to Maui from their home in Dallas, Oregon.
Baby Beach in Lahaina provided the perfect spot for their romantic wedding. Waves softly lapping at the peaceful shoreline were accentuated by the touching music of Kani Masoe. Shiny, colossal palm leaves cascading over the brilliant blue waters completed the stunning scenery at this intimate beach. Jill chose roses for her special day. The bouquet and floral circle, designed in house by Maui’s Angels, included pinks and mauve with golden bursts. Jill was pampered by Maui Bridal Hair and Makeup, and was radiant as she made her way to Richard, who awaited her on the sands.
At sunset, Peter Dagupion officiated the ceremony, while Jill and Richard lovingly recited their vows. Mariah Milan Photography and One Motion Films graciously caught these intimate moments. The evening was poetic — with a resplendent sunset, beautiful vows, and a wonderful couple who are the epitome of love and devotion.
Marriage is the beginning of a journey for most couples. The bliss, the excitement, and the start of a life long adventure is what makes it so magical. Maui sunsets and pristine beaches lure couples from near and far to begin their adventures here. Jill and Richard’s journey was special, celebrating the end of their journey together and one of Maui’s Angels most romantic. Life with love is the ultimate for many couples; but facing adversity can be a disheartening challenge.
Jill and Richard have met their challenges with optimism, strength, and grace. Richard has provided a strong shoulder to lean on for Jill. Their love has been tested, their commitment to each other proven, and their Hawaiian wedding was a testament to their enduring dedication to one another.
“Someday you will find the one who will watch every sunrise with you until the sunset of your life.” -Unknown
Jill and Richard, from everyone at Intimate Weddings Maui and Maui’s Angels, we thank you for your love story, for sharing your very special day with us, and for showing us just what is most important in life. Our hearts and prayers remain with you, and we wish you all the very best.
The majestic beaches, sparkling waters, and breathtaking sunsets of Maui bring loving couples from near and far to celebrate true Hawaiian aloha. Kevin and Alison not only shared in the breathtaking beaches for their special day, but experienced true fairytale-like romance as they made their way through Honolua Bay Forest.
Their intimate beach wedding began on a whimsical walk. Tropical and brilliant green, it provided an ethereal backdrop for the couple, who shared special moments along secluded paths before they wed. The rich greens of Maui forest surrounding the couple enhanced the soft colour palette Alison chose for her wedding day. Her bouquet included peonies and roses in soft shades of pink, white, and gold. Adding a few brilliant sprigs of bleeding hearts and dianthus, Sunya’s Flowers perfectly completed the florals with lamb’s ear and succulents.
Reaching Ironwoods beach, with its serene stretch of coastline and beautiful, jagged lava rock, Kevin and Alison were serenaded by the inspiring music of Kalani Miles. With just three guests, their nuptials defined the warmth, tranquility, and intimacy they had hoped for. The completion of their vows, officiated by Peter Dagupion, were sealed with a kiss, then Alison and Kevin stole a moment together on a quiet walk along the beach.
The island of Maui brought this happy couple to paradise from Ontario, Canada. Their breathtaking photos, captured by Caitlin Cathey Photography, make it easy to see why. From the whimsy of Honolua Bay Forest, to the privacy of Ironwoods beach, their day was completed with stunning scenery atop the lava rock that surrounded them. Waves crashing, a majestic sunset, and radiant natural beauty, Alison and Kevin truly had it all for their intimate beach wedding.
Congratulations from all of us at Intimate Weddings Maui!
With the new year upon us we were fortunate to be part of the nuptials between Karen and Mathew. Traveling to the beautiful island of Maui all the way from Australia, Karen and Mathew’s Intimate Beach Wedding was truly romantic. With the picturesque backdrop only Hawaii can provide, the couple were able to capture the ambiance they dreamed of with heartfelt touches, making their day unique and especially sentimental.
Karen’s beautiful make up by Mei Li Autumn was subtle and sweet, and the floral headpiece was the perfect addition to her soft wavy hair. The gorgeous in house florals by Intimate Weddings Maui brought together the final touches, and the creamy pinks and peaches created the perfect charm for the sunset vows.
Their gorgeous sunset ceremony on the sands of Ironwood Beach were officiated by Ernest Pua’a. As the sun began to set, the couple, and their intimate gathering of loved ones, were serenaded by Kani Masoe and his ukelele. Karen and Mathew stood in a special butterfly circle designed by Andrea Padilla, and with the completion of their vows, the couple released monarch butterflies into the sunset skies. After they said “I Do,” the newlyweds stole away for photos along the quiet sands and rocks, wonderfully captured by Caitlin Cathey Photography. The evening was completed as they joined their small gathering of ten guests to enjoy a wonderful reception at the Hyatt Regency, attending the enchanting Drums of the Pacific Lu’au.
We were so thril led to be a part of your special day! Thank you, Karen and Mathew! Congratulations and all the very best from Intimate Weddings Maui!
Tori and Al traveled all the way from Canada to elope on the incredible beaches of Maui! Their wedding was in early November right in the middle of the first big winter swell. The waves took over most of the beach which brought us to hold Tori and Al’s ceremony on top of a gorgeous grassy knoll overlooking Ironwoods Beach and Kapalua.
There was a little bit of mist in the sky which made this elopement even more romantic! Tori and Al were married by Ernest Pua’a at sunset at Ironwoods Beach in Kapalua.
Tori’s Hair and Make Up were flawlessly done by Chrissy Swink of Make Up Maui and Hair, and Tori’s flowers were done by Sunya’s Flowers!
Thank you so much to Tori and Al for trusting Intimate Weddings Maui with your Elopement. It truly was an honor to be part of such an extraordinary Maui beach wedding!!
One of our favorite weddings to date is the gorgeous Intimate Maui Wedding of Aiste and Andy! This stunning couple and their 6 guests joined us from California. These two showed us that even with a guest count of only the people closest to you, you can still have an absolutely breathtaking ceremony!!
Aiste wore an orchid in her hair, and her bouquet was dazzled with white hydrangeas, white orchids and white roses. Her hair and make up was flawless thanks to I am U’i!! The special day was captured by Angie Diaz Photography, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to see these incredible photos!!
The couple was married on the west side of Maui, on the grassy knoll at Merriman’s, overlooking Kapalua Bay, in Lahaina. They rented a simple bamboo arch with white drapery from Hawaiian Style Event Rentals, and Sunya’s Flowers did a beautiful arch treatment that was consistent with Aiste’s bouquet. This ceremony design was classic and romantic, perfect for this sweet, intimate elopement in Hawaii.
Marvin Tavega Music serenaded the couple with his ukulele before and after their nuptials, which set the tone for the sweet, Hawaiian ceremony officiated by Ernest Pua’a. Following the ceremony the couple dined at Merriman’s on Kapalua Bay with their loved ones.
Thank you so much to Aiste and Andy for allowing us to make your dream wedding come to life, and congratulations to the beautiful couple from all of us at Intimate Weddings Maui!!!